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Queen's Diamond Jubilee Exhibition By The British Postal Museum and Archive

While there are already many eyecatching Diamond Jubilee stamps and covers being produced to mark this year's event, this BPMA Exhibition - titled "Diamond Jubilee: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 1952 - 2012" - will feature stamps, artwork, photographs, coins and banknotes from the life and reign of the Queen.

The exhibition has been divided into 3 sections:

  • Portrait through the Ages
  • Stamps, Coins & Banknotes
  • A Life in Pictures

Stamps, Coins & Banknotes will show the story of two stamps, two coins and two banknotes, from initial concept to issue. In 1952, Mary Gillick had a sitting with the Queen to produce a plastercast for coins. After the meeting she wrote that she was now the Queen's "devoted slave for ever, and I think she wasn't too bored". Gillick's version was selected and coins with her effigy were first used in 1953. It is still used on Maundy money today.

Other exhibition highlights include stamps of The Queen as a princess issued by countries of the commonwealth including the first stamp that ever featured her.

The last section of the exhibition provides an exclusive insight into the design and production of the new stamps issued in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee as well as the unadopted designs and the design stages for the miniature sheet.

Exhibition dates: 10th May 2012 onward
Location: The British Postal Museum & Archive, Freeling House, Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DL

More information is available on the BPMA Blog.

Queens Diamond Jubilee Post and Go Faststamp Issue Stampex 2012
Queen's Diamond Jubilee Post & Go Stamps
Exclucively available at Spring Stampex 2012

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